ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) , -ˌsplȯ- \

Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of exploring

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Other Words from exploration

explorational \ ˌek-​splə-​ˈrā-​shnəl How to pronounce explorational (audio) , -​shə-​nᵊl , -​ˌsplȯ-​ \ adjective

Examples of exploration in a Sentence

a topic for scholarly exploration the early exploration of the West early explorations of the West
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Recent Examples on the Web Yet if the Raptors’ contingency plans have progressed beyond preliminary exploration, Bridgeman, Yum Center General Manager Eric Granger and NBA2LOU President Dan Issel all said they have not been included in those discussions. Tim Sullivan, The Courier-Journal, "For millionaire Junior Bridgeman, 'time has passed' to bring NBA to Louisville," 23 Oct. 2020 In return, Trump lifted a ban on fresh-beef imports, supported Brazil’s bid to join the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, and signed deals for defense and space-exploration cooperation. Marc Champion, Fortune, "Meet the national leaders who stand to lose from a Biden victory," 20 Oct. 2020 Oil exploration in North America, which has long been Halliburton’s primary cash cow, has atrophied amid lower crude prices and a global pandemic that sapped energy demand. David Wethe, Bloomberg.com, "World’s Biggest Fracker Sees Signs of Rebirth as Slump Ebbs," 19 Oct. 2020 The Outer Space Treaty bans the use of nuclear weapons or any other weapons of mass destruction in space and establishes that exploration of space, the moon and other celestial bodies should only be for peaceful purposes. NBC News, "Eight nations sign NASA-led Artemis Accords to guide moon exploration," 14 Oct. 2020 But two key players in space exploration, Russia and China, are missing. Rasha Aridi, Smithsonian Magazine, "Eight Countries Sign NASA’s Artemis Accords, New Legal Framework for Maintaining Peace on the Moon," 14 Oct. 2020 Flanagan and Macy continue that exploration in The Haunting of Bly Manor, the next season of what has now become an anthology series for Netflix. Nick Romano, EW.com, "'Every love story is a ghost story': The Haunting of Bly Manor creator reveals hidden secrets of season 2," 12 Oct. 2020 The new program — which will be piloted in 2021 — will recruit a diverse group of students who are undecided about college to participate in career exploration, networking and civic engagement work aimed at addressing the region's equity gaps. Devi Shastri, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "MATC, NEWaukee seek community input on new college gap year experience program," 29 Sep. 2020 In the show’s second season, which began in April, the Georgetown neuroscientist Abigail Marsh’s experience of being rescued by a stranger from a near-death incident on a highway leads to an exploration of altruism and its inverse, psychopathy. Alexandra Schwartz, The New Yorker, "Can Podcasts Improve Our Well-Being?," 28 Sep. 2020

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First Known Use of exploration

1537, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of exploration was in 1537

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27 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Exploration.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/exploration. Accessed 28 Oct. 2020.

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How to pronounce exploration (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of exploration

: the act of exploring something


ex·​plo·​ra·​tion | \ ˌek-splə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce exploration (audio) \

Kids Definition of exploration

: the act or an instance of searching through or into

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